Yesterday, we bought a beast of a machine. No, it’s not a new car, but a Nutri Ninja Auto – IQ Technology food processor. Unpacking this machine was so intimidating that I asked John for help. This post is not a review of the machine, it’s about smoothies.
In your house, are you big smoothie drinkers? In ours, the love for smoothies varies. We go through periods of drinking lots of smoothies, or none at all. The period of drinking lots of smoothies is when one of the girls is unwell and has no appetite, the mornings we’re rushing to get out of the house, or as breakfast during the summer months.
When making smoothies, I follow no specific recipe. When I’m unsure of what flavour goes with unusual fruit like the guava, I have a quick look in my Flavour Thesaurus to see if the flavour of the guava will clash with another ingredient.
Having frozen fruits at home is always handy, so in my freezer, you’ll always find frozen bags of chopped mangoes, pineapples, strawberries, spinach and blueberries. Sometimes, I even wash, chop, and freeze fresh fruits and vegetable hanging around my kitchen to use in smoothies later on. Doing this means I waste less and when I need a quick healthy something to blend into a smoothie – the main ingredients are already measured and packed, and all I have to do is blend.
In the smoothies I make, for that extra dash of goodness I add some ground flax seeds, spirulina powder, and a tablespoon of almond butter or coconut oil. These additions keep everyone satiated until our next meal.
As I mentioned earlier, you don’t need to measure ingredients for smoothies, my rule of thumb is for the ingredients to consist of different colours.
If you are smoothie newbie, below is the recipe for the smoothie I made last night. We had a smoothie instead of a proper dinner (we’d had a big lunch).
What you need to make one serving
250ml almond milk
pinch spirulina powder
1tsp almond butter
½ a ripe banana
What to do.
Chuck everything into your blender and blend until smooth. Adjust ingredients depending on the consistency you like.
Why don’t you share your smoothie recipes with us?